Saturday, January 31, 2009

In a New York state of mind

I've been delving into my photo files lately and playing around with my new addiction: texture layers. I wanted to see how architecture would look if I used some of the different techniques. Maybe it's a little too processed looking, but I still think it's cool.

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I took this photo from the roof of my son's apartment building last August. The sky was a brilliant blue and I actually posted this same picture here.

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These are just some architectural details on some of the buildings I saw. I was amazed at all the buildings. It's not often I get to see so many.

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I took this shot from Trinity Church graveyard. My son works in one of these buildings.  

Hoping you all have a lovely weekend doing whatever it is that floats your boat. I've got to work Sunday afternoon, as we're having our annual Open House at the school. And before I go, I'd just like to tell you how much your support and your kind words mean to me. Let me just stop there before I go and get all mushy.

 

And on that note, until tomorrow, my friends . . .

39 comments:

Jill of All Trades said...

I love the pics. I haven't heard the phrase "whatever floats your boat" since my mother passed. Makes me think of all the little country phrases she used to say. My favorite of mine and my girls is, "as handy as a pocket on your shirt."

dlyn said...

You know - being a country girl myself, I rarely get to see buildings like that either - I loved these photos when you first showed them and if possible, I think I think I love them even more now. I would not want to have to look at them every day, but I would not mind seeing them every now and again.

Ellen said...

Meeting Mental Mama and TSAnnie this weekend. Perhaps in the summer we can all get together.

A wonderful weekend back at you.

Deb said...

These are not photographs, but quality artwork. I love this technique. Photoshop is expensive or at least I thought it was. will have to wait on this one...

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Wow, those building do look cool! I would like to see a before and after shot since the texture looks so subtle on these. Very cool Kate...I can see why you are addicted!! ~Cheryl :)

Flea said...

I love the effects you applied to the architecture. Beautiful.

Barb said...

beautiful photos....Barb

Treasia said...

Wow I love the textures with those buildings that way. Gives it a whole new look. It looks awesome.

Sue said...

Oh Kate....these are great, they look like old postcards....

Jeannelle said...

I side with you.....this look is very cool. The architectural finery is fascinating to see....I certainly never see sights like that in my neck of the woods.

Amy said...

I attempted to try some texturing last night (since I don't have a very exciting night life on the weekends) but that cheapo version of adobe photoshop my husband brought home from the boat from a friend of a friend of a friend in POLAND was screwing around with me and since I kept flipping from the instruction page to the photoshop page and nothing was working like it should I got so angry and turned the dang thing off..grrrrrr...sometimes one should just appreciate someone else's work without trying to feel they have to keep up...so Country Girl...you've got the texture art..I'll just stick to my plain ol' pictures...for now at least...

Deb said...

I cannot imagine living in such a place but it would be fun to visit :)
Your photos are beautiful -I love the one from the graveyard. The technique is very cool - they do look like antique photos.

You have a great weekend as well.

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

I have traveled to many, many places but never have I visited New York City. I don't know why. I guess I prefer places that are laid back and where the pace is slow. We lived in a close suburb of Chicago for 11 years and loved going to the city on weekends. I wasn't interested in photography and never thought to take shots of buildings. Your photos are beautiful in detail! I loved them the first time you shared, but like them even better now. They look vintage. I really must dust off my PS and try your techniques.

High Desert Diva said...

Too processed? No. Gorgeous.

willow said...

Looks like you are having fun with the photoshop! Love it!!

Kacey said...

Love these! Perfect coloring and texture for the architecture. I'm enjoying your photo playing the last week or so.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Jill of All Trades said...

Come by and pick up your award.

Kerri said...

Oh I think these are groovy!

Thank you so much for introducing me to textures!! I am having loads of fun playing around. I finally posted one to the Paintbox Pictures blog.

DesertHen said...

Love these photos. It is amazing how the textures make the details stand out. Wonderful shots!

Amy said...

Hi again,

In answer to your question on my blog, our new pup is an Australian Shepherd, but yes, I can not lie, I was very happy that she reminded me a lot of your beautiful George ;-))
I will probably be just like you when my kids move out, checking their internet sites and hoping to stay connected to them even when they are trying to make their own place in life. After everything we've been through together- from them being in my womb and all the years after, how could I not possibly want to stay connected to them in any way I can? A mother/child relationship is special beyond words. And I'm not just saying this but you don't look old enough to have a 22 year old! Were you young when you had him?

DesertHen said...

Oops.....Happy Saturday to you.=)

Mental P Mama said...

Love these! Please plan another trip soon!

Betty said...

Your pictures are wonderful.I looked at the befor and I really like what did with the new one.

noble pig said...

I would frame those in a series...absolutely beautiful!

Carin said...

Those look so awesome, way to go!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Have a great week-end, Kate.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

shara said...

I really love these photos. I love the texture effect.

And, I appreciate your words of encouragement that you always seem to offer.

Thanks.

Country Girl said...

I just got home and read all these comments and I thank you, each and every one. I really do like these pictures in this color and texture and I'm loving learning new things.

To Amy who said I didn't look old enough to have a 22 year old . . . I must laugh. I have two sons. One is 24 and the youngest is 22. I planned on finishing having children by the time I was 30, and it just so happened that it worked out that way. So go ahead and do that math. I've got nuthin' to hide.

~ C.G.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Katie-did. Your pics, as usual, leave me with the aching desire to posess your many, many talents, you onion! (get it?!) :) Sent you a text the other day...you are often in my thoughts. Hope the youngest is still doing well!
xo
ts

Jo said...

These sepia-tone photographs are wonderful, and they really highlight the architectural details of the buildings in New York.

I love New York! (I have been to Trinity Church)

Mary said...

Oh Kate, I LOVE how these turned out! I agree with noble pig -- frame them as a set. The tones are gorgeous!!!

I'm still working on how to erase the texture from part of the photo... it's probably a little easier to do with a mouse, not on a laptop.

I hope your husband is feeling better. Tell him we are looking forward to more of his photos, too. :)
xoxo,
Mary

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I think you picked the perfect techniques to use on architecture, as it enhances them rather than detracts from them. I don't have time to mess with my photos (well, maybe I would if I didn't follow any blogs, but I think I'd rather follow blogs), so I'll just enjoy what others do.

Natarojo said...

Processed, maybe, but stunning none the less! It doesnt look like the same shot!

I get the same feeling any time I go downtown Vancouver. I live in the country side and we dont have buildings like that around here. Im always amazed at the architecture downtown, especially the art gallery and courthouse.

Egghead said...

Absolutely stunning. Just stunning.

Daryl said...

Nice .. I cant think of the name of that tower .. but I will .. eventually

Poutalicious said...

My son has an apartment in Astoria. I think you're doing a find job with texture.

Woman in a Window said...

You are outta control...and I think I like it! These are so much fun!

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